Isis reports second Japanese hostage dead

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticised in latest video

Japan inflation slows further

Rise of 0.5% in core CPI suggests BoJ will miss fiscal goal of 1%

Jordan seeks proof hostage is alive

Isis deadline for prisoner swap passes

Japan unions and employers split on pay

Companies resist demands for wage increases

Jordan offers prisoner swap with Isis

Amman willing to free inmate in return for pilot

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Tipping point for Japan’s foreign policy

The illusion of neutrality becomes harder to pull off as economic clout wanes

Japan Inc moves away from age-based pay

Boost to Abe campaign to shake up rigid labour market

Abe takes to fairways to pitch pay rises

Prime minister courts corporate leaders at Japan’s country clubs

Japan condemns apparent Isis execution

Prime minister calls for immediate release of journalist

Japan battles to contain hostage crisis

Stands with west against terrorism while defending ‘non-military’ aid

Japan slashes inflation forecasts

BoJ says target out of reach this year but insists Abenomics works

Big rise in warplane launches by Japan

Chinese and Russian incursions prompt record number of incidents

Isis threatens to kill Japanese hostages

Militant group releases video demanding $200m within 72 hours

What to look out for from the BoJ

Japan’s central bank weighs oil price slump and soft economic data

Japan’s DPJ elects Okada as new leader

Opposition party opts for former deputy PM over new generation

Abe boosts Japan defence spending

Tokyo attempts to revitalise industry with record military budget

Japan approves record Y96tn budget

Spending rises on defence, welfare and debt

Japan tests secular stagnation thesis

This year we will see if wages rise as the labour shortage bites

Japan jostles with rivals for Asean trade

Tokyo seeks deal on direct flights to Cambodia and Laos in effort to boost bilateral business ties

Japan public optimism hits 2-year low

Economic gloom underlines challenges facing Abenomics